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Thursday, 30 May 2019 / 24 Ramadan 1440


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29-05-2019 - Mayyit of: Fatima Cassim - VENUE: 6A 2nd Avenue Houghton - TIME: 14h30 - QABARSTAAN: West Park

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Arabia, during the time of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), was a country without any central authority. It was a country far from the civilised nations of those days. At the time Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) was spreading Islam; asking people to turn away from worshipping idols to worshipping Allah, the Almighty, the All-Knower, the Master. The Prophet sent letters of invitation to Kings and Rulers of various countries in the world, inviting them to embrace Islam. Many of the letters were met with a favourable response whilst others were rejected.

In many cases, the messengers of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) were badly treated and abused. But the Prophet was not worried by these setbacks. He was inviting people to the right path and a few setbacks could not deter him from propagating Islam. Abu Sufyan a leader of the tribe of Quraish and the arch enemy of the Prophet was in Constantinople on a business trip, when the Prophet's letter of invitation reached Hercules, the Byzantine emperor of Eastern Roman Empire. Hercules, at the time was in his court at Constantinople celebrating his victory over the Persians.

Hercules read the letter through an interpreter and then asked the people in his court, to find out if there was someone in the city, who knew the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). Abu Sufyan with his companions was brought into the court.

The emperor asked Abu Sufyan, "What kind of family does Muhammad belong to?"
"Noble", replied Abu Sufyan
"Has there been a king in his family?" Hercules asked.
"No," said Abu Sufyan
"Are the people who have accepted his religion poor or rich?",
Hercules questioned again.
"They are poor", replied Abu Sufyan.
Hercules was now becoming more and more interested and he went on asking questions.
His next question was, "Are his followers on the increase or decrease?"
"Increasing", Abu Sufyan replied shortly.
"Have you known him to tell lies"? asked Hercules.
"No", admitted Abu Sufyan.
"Does he ever go against his convents?", Hercules once again asked.
"Not so far. But we have to see whether he carries out the new agreement made between us and him", Abu Sufyan answered lengthily for a change.
"Have you ever fought him in wars?" Hercules questioned.
"Yes", answered Abu Sufyan
"What has been the result?" Hercules asked, getting more and more interested.
"Sometimes we have won, sometimes he", replied Abu Sufyan.
"What does he teach?" asked Hercules
"Worship One God, join no partners with Him, carry out your prayers, be chaste, speak the truth and keep union with your relatives", answered Abu Sufyan, even surprised at his own answer as it sounded like he was preaching Islam.

Hercules stood up and said, "If all you said is true, then I am sure that this Prophet's Kingdom will reach here where I am standing. I was certain that a Prophet was coming, but I didn't know that he would be born in Arabia. If I were to go there, I would embrace Islam and wash the Prophet's feet with my own hands." This was the way in which the Prophet spread Islam.

He impressed them by his truthfulness, honesty, noble character and dedication in the service of Allah. He did not compel people to accept Islam under threat of waging wars, nor did he compel people to accept Islam by the force of the sword. He fought only in defence, and only when the enemies waged war on him.

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“The Sunnah for the person who is in Itikaf is that he should not visit the sick nor attend funerals, or touch his wife..., or go out for any but the most pressing of needs. There is no Itikaf except with fasting, and there is no Itikaf except in a Masjid.” [Abu Dawood 2473]

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Fitra Amount:
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Fidya Amount:
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Shafi'i = R7.00

As at (29/05/2019)


Keema paratha

4 cups flour
4 Tbsp thick ghee -
+- 1 ¼ Cups cold water
Melted ghee for basting
Flour for dusting.

Sift flour in a mixing bowl. Rub in the ghee. Add water and mix. Knead into a pliable dough. Cover and leave dough for 1 hour. Knead again. Divide into 12 portions. Roll out each thinly into a circle 15cm in diameter. Sprinkle with flour and fold in half. Brush with ghee, sprinkle with flour and fold again. Fold in from the long ends until you get a 6 cm squares. Dust lightly with flour and roll out into 10cm squares. Place cold filling on each square. Cover with another square and press the edges gently until sealed. Toast on a griddle while basting with ghee until both sides are cooked and crisp.

500g mince lamb / chicken - 1 tsp crushed ginger - 1 tsp crushed garlic - 2 tsp garam masala - ½ tsp turmeric - 1 tsp crushed green chillies - 2 Tbsp tomato puree - ½ cup mixture of mint and coriander, chopped - Salt to taste.

Simmer mince until moisture has evaporated. Add the remaining ingredients and stir – fry until cooked.

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Wee Hughie came into the office an hour late for the third time in one week and found the boss waiting for him. "What's the story this time? Hughie?" he asked sarcastically." Let's hear a good excuse for a change.

"Wee Hughie sighed, "Everything went wrong this morning. The wife decided to drive me to the harbour. She got ready in ten minutes, but then the ferry didn't turn up.

Rather than let you down, I swam across the river, ran over the mountain, borrowed a bicycle and cycled the 20 miles through the glen to this office."

You'll have to do better than that. Hughie, "said his boss, disappointed. “No woman can be ready in ten minutes."

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